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Woodland Serenade and Rondo

alto saxophone solo (2003)

Catherine McMichael, composer

Woodland Serenade and Rondo is a concerto crafted to spotlight not only a fine saxophone soloist, but also other outstanding solo wind players in the ensemble. Its premier was December 20, 2003 at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, performed by The Woodlands (TX) High School Band, with Brett Johnson conducting and Mr. Klock as soloist. The serenade’s simple haunting theme demands sensitive musicality and warm tone from the soloist and band alike. Vibraphone, marimba, bells and wind chimes create a dreamy background to the long-limbed melody. In classic rondo form the second and third themes have contrasting moods and textures. Sass, humor and driving intensity are all part of this fast-paced rondo.

—published score


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